GeForce RTX 30 series brings the biggest generational leap in NVIDIA’s history

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series unveiled

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NVIDIA has announced the first three graphics card of the GeForce RTX 30 series. The company claims that the performance difference between the new cards and their predecessor is the biggest ever witnessed in the GeForce lineup’s history. Let’s take a look at the specs, features, price, and availability of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Overview

CEO Jensen Huang announced the new RTX 30 series in a virtual event. The latest RTX graphics cards from NVIDIA are based on the company’s generation of Ampere architecture and are manufactured under Samsung’s 8nm custom process. The new process allows NVIDIA to fit in a significant number of transistors in its cards (28 billion in the case of RTX 3090). With the new architecture, the company is claiming up to 2x performance and 1.9x power efficiency.

Currently, there are only three graphics cards under the RTX 30 series.

GeForce RTX 3090

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090

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It is the fastest GPU in the new lineup. NVIDIA is referring to it as the BFGPU (Big Ferocious GPU). It features 24GB of GDDR6X memory with speed up to 19.5Gbps. The GPU has been designed to cope with the memory requirements of 8K gaming. It has been claimed that users will be able to achieve up to 60fps in 8K. RTX 3090 is almost 50% faster than the TITAN RTX. Similarly, it is up to 10 times quieter thanks to the silencer. It also helps the new GPU remain up to 30-degree cooler than the TITAN RTX.

GeForce RTX 3080

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

RTX 3080 comes with 10GB of GDDR6X memory with speed up to 19Gbps. NVIDIA claims it is 2x faster than the RTX 2080. it can offer up to 60fps in 4K gaming. It is the most appealing of the three because it provides the best balance between performance and price. The RTX 3080 comes with the same $699 price tag even with the performance being double this time.

GeForce RTX 3070

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

It starts at $499, which the company is claiming as the sweet spot for GPU pricing. Even with that price tag, it is faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti that is selling for more than double the price. It features 16GB of GDDR6 RAM with speed listed at 16Gbps.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Specifications:

RTX card 3090 3080 3070
Architecture Ampere
Process Samsung custom 8nm
Transistors 28 billion Unspecified
CUDA cores (Boost clock) 10496 (1.7GHz) 8704 (1.71 GHz) 5888 (1.73 GHz)
Memory Bus 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
Memory 24GB GDDR6X (19.5Gbps) 10GB GDDR6X (19Gbps) 8GB GDDR6 (16Gbps)
Single Precision Perf. 35.7 TFLOPS 29.8 TFLOPs 20.4 TFLOPs
Tensor Perf. 285 TFLOPS 238 TFLOPS 163 TFLOPs
TDP 350W 320W 220W


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New Technologies

NVIDIA utilized the stage to announce three new technologies that will offer a better experience to gamers, streamers, and esports professionals.

1. NVIDIA Reflex

It is a combination of tools designed to allow gamers to measure and reduce their system latency. Popular gaming titles such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Valorant will come with NVIDIA Reflex’s Low-Latency Mode integrated. It is claimed to be capable of reducing the latency by up to 50%.

Similarly, the Reflex Latency Analyzer tool will be integrated into the upcoming 360Hz NVIDIA G-Sync Esports displays. It will help users to evaluate the latency in their gaming setup. For example, the tool can measure the delay between the mouse’s input and the time taken by the pixel to change accordingly.

2. NVIDIA Broadcast

It is a tool for live streamers. This universal plugin will use RTX-accelerated AI effects like audio noise removal, virtual background effects, and webcam auto frame to improve the quality of the home setup of streamers.

3. NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima

With the Omniverse Machinima, the company wants to take story-telling to the next level. It comes with tools like the path-traced viewer, an engine for physical accuracy, simulating lights, physics, and AI. In supported games, users will be able to create characters, add high-fidelity animations, and publish film-quality cinematics using the RTX 30 series GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce 30 Series Price & Availability

NVIDIA GeForce 30 Series has a starting price of $499 and will be available starting from September 17.

GPU Price (Founder’s Edition) Availability
RTX 3090 $1,499 September 24
RTX 3080 $699 September 17
RTX 3070 $499 October
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